When he told me that he was sorry, he was stupid and didn't know, a part of me melted, another froze, because I knew that we were beginning again. How should I put it, suddenly I understood norse mythology better. Muspelheim and Niflheim, fire and ice together in the heart. Svartalfheim and Jotunheim, dwarfs and giants on the brain. How can you then not summon all the gods, from Asgard and Vanaheim, when you feel like in Helheim, but in fact you're in Midgard and long for Alfheim. You don't take the stairs, you jump headfirst into Ginnungagap.

(Translated by Dragoş Frangulea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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